TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The City of Toledo and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority unveiled a new 5-acre solar field located on the grounds of the Collins Park water treatment plant.
The $5.2 million project will generate approximately 1 megawatt of power for a facility which normally requires 5 megawatts to operate.
Port President Paul Toth said more solar field projects are in the works.
"We're working on actually four other solar projects in the Toledo area, hopefully we'll be able to announce those soon," Toth said.
Over recent years, areas including the old Dura landfill have been potential targets for new solar fields and Councilman Joe McNamara said the city must be aggressive in pursuing new solar sites.
"The Toledo Energy Policy Committee is recommending doing more projects like this and a potential use of brownfields and land that isn't being used. Fossil fuels are running out, we need to start looking at renewable energy," McNamara said.
Both say these projects help promote research, development and manufacturing for the regional solar industry.
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